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How Long do Cats Live?

We’ve been told that cats have nine lives…yet it remains a century-old superstition. They might be the type that are strong enough to recover from a fall or injury, yet they only live once just like us. Their playfulness reminds us that it’s also a good thing to let go sometimes and pull off a #YOLO.

How long do cats live? It’s 12 to 15 years on the average.

Let them be and let them sleep. About 13 to 14 hours of sleep daily is what they need to keep them healthy, happy and alert. Don’t panic if you see your cats play fighting, because it’s their version of human martial arts that makes them better hunters and be more effortless in practicing self-defense. If you already know what food is best for your cat, don’t feed him or her anything that’s harmful or toxic such as chocolates (heart problems, seizures, tremors, and loss of life), dairy products (diarrhea), raw fish and raw eggs (bacteria leading food poisoning, coat problems), grapes (kidney failure), and too much liver (toxicity to Vitamin A).

Now you know how long a cat’s actual lifespan is, we can help you help your cat live life to the fullest. Just three special tips to bear in mind:

If you own a senior cat (aged 7 years and up), make health a top priority. To prevent bladder issues, make cranberries and celery seeds a part of your cat’s diet. Both ingredients are the secret to a better bladder, with sustained healthy levels of fluid in the body. Make litter boxes more accessible as soon as your cat experiences problems with mobility. Feeding your cat high-fiber diet regularly and keeping him or her busy with interactive toys plus a walk in the park and other activities can prevent obesity. To deal with hairballs/furballs, get a lot of natural fibers and Omega-3 fatty acids for your cat’s coat. Schedule a DIY physical checkup with your cat weekly while grooming to check for problems in teeth, eyesight and hearing, as well as the presence of bumps and lumps, apart from the semi-annual appointments with the vet. Senior cats are also easily stressed that changes in behavior become obvious, therefore let them stick to routine and the living conditions they got used to.

Have you tried food puzzles? You should to keep your cat’s brain and natural instincts as sharp as they should be. Cattime.com has named seven DIY food puzzles (with YouTube videos) that are best for cats: The Paper Towel Roll Ball, The Hole-y Container, The Puzzle Board, The Foraging Cups and Box, The Water Bottle, Bat the Bottle Feeder, and The Egg Carton. Just make sure they won’t chew on their toys to avoid choking and messing up the playroom.

Take some pointers from Japanese cat owners, aside from Americans and the Brits. A 2016 report by Banfield Pet Hospital states that cats in the US have an average lifespan of 12.9  years. On the other hand, British cats have 14 years. Cats in Japan now have an average lifespan of 11.9 years (up from 5.1 years back in 1990), according to the latest study by a partnership between Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology and the Japan Small Animal Veterinary Association, thanks to cat-friendly individuals and companies investing in vaccines, premium-quality food and medication and cat aromatherapy (yes, it’s big in Japan), keeping cats indoors most of the time, and coming up with fun activities like pet fashion shows. Longevity among cats is also seen as a trend relative to the longevity of humans in Japan, due to the increasing number of Japanese centenarians this year (65,692 as of this September).

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